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SM Adam volume 13/145


[1] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the front drawing room, 1769, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central medallion, encircled by a fluted frame, four anthemia, a lozenge-shaped frame ornamented with miniature rosettes, festoons, and the whole is set within an oval frame of reed and ribbon, which extends into a guilloche pattern, with four roundels on each side of the oval, each containing a medallion, and a segmental compartment on each side, each containing an urn flanked by winged sphinxes, and between these portions of guilloche are four quadrilateral compartments containing urns flanked by winged griffons, and the whole has a border with a medallion in each corner, enclosed within a fluted frame, and between these are compartments of rinceaux, within frames ornamented with miniature rosettes


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Front Room one pair of Stairs at Colonel Burgoyne's House

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    Robt. Adam Architect 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink, olive green and violet on laid paper (582 x 426)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
Draper, 1999, p. 130
King 2001, Volume I, p. 309
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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